Saturday 24 October, 2020

Murder accused in Venezuelan woman's killing remanded

Photo: Calvin Bahadur was charged with the murder of Venezuelan national, Joanna Diaz Sanchez. Photo via the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Photo: Calvin Bahadur was charged with the murder of Venezuelan national, Joanna Diaz Sanchez. Photo via the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Electrician Calvin Bahadur, 35, has been remanded into custody following his first appearance for the murder of Venezuelan national Joanna Diaz Sanchez.

Bahadur, 35, of Santa Clara Road, Preysal, appeared in a virtual hearing before Magistrate Christine Charles in the Couva Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

WPC Knight of Homicide Region III was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.

Bahadur was represented by attorney Aaron Daniel Smith.

The charge was laid indictably and as a result, the 35-year-old electrician was not called upon to enter a plea.

After further submissions, the matter was adjourned to October 8. 

Sanchez’ funeral takes place today at the JE Guide Funeral Home and Crematorium Ltd, San Fernando.

Her body was found on Saturday afternoon in a cesspit at a house along Santa Clara Road, Preysal. Due to the state of decomposition of Sanchez’s body, a definitive result for what caused her death could not be given. However, tissue samples were secured for further analysis. 

Diaz was last seen at her Buen Intento, Princes Town home on August 28. She told relatives she was going to pick up an item from the suspect’s home and return home.

She never did.

She was reported missing on September 4, to the police.

More on this as it becomes available.      

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